According to the Mayo Clinic, internal hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed veins in the anus and lower rectum. They are often caused by straining during a bowel movement, frequent diarrhea and pregnancy. Hemorrhoids can be extremely uncomfortable. Symptoms include itching, burning, pain and bleeding. Medical treatment is available for hemorrhoids and consists of pain medication, anti-inflammatory medication and even surgery when needed. Home remedies are also effective in treating less severe cases of hemorrhoids.
Improve your diet by increasing both your fiber intake and your fluid consumption. Hemorrhoids are often due to constipation. Taking a fiber product or eating plenty of high-fiber foods can help get your stools softened. It is important to drink plenty of water when ingesting fiber. Without water, fiber will not move through the bowels, which leads to further constipation. A stool softener may be used temporarily.
Keep the area clean by wiping gently with tissue or witch hazel-soaked cotton balls. Internal hemorrhoids may not be relieved with this type of external treatment.
Apply a soothing cream to the rectal area. This can be done by applying a small amount of aloe vera gel, hydrocortisone cream or commercial hemorrhoid cream to the finger and gently inserting it into the rectum. Commercial hemorrhoid cream comes with a special applicator to assist in reaching internal hemorrhoids with minimal discomfort.
Take a pain reliever to reduce any discomfort you may be experiencing. Sit on a pillow or avoid sitting on your bottom at all, if possible.
Soak in a warm bath of 1 to 2 inches of water and Epsom Salts. Stay in the water for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Repeat as often as you desire relief. The Epsom Salts help cleanse and soothe inflamed or itchy tissue.
Things You'll Need
Fiber product or high-fiber foods
Aloe vera gel
Hydrocortisone cream or commercial hemorrhoid cream
Do not lift heavy items while experiencing inflamed hemorrhoids as this can further irritate the tissue.
Seek medical attention if you have more than a few drops of blood with the hemorrhoids or the pain is unbearable.